Mitt Romney concedes White House race to Barack Obama, says he will ‘pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation’

Mitt Romney conceded the presidential race to Barack Obama early this morning, saying the president has his prayers for a successful second term.

“This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” Romney said in a 5-minute address at the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center.

“I so wished that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction,” Romney told his supporters, “but the nation chose another leader, and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.”

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His tie a deep hue of purple—the color produced by blending red and blue—Romney stressed cooperation between Republicans and Democrats.

“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point,” Romney said. “At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.”

Romney heaped praise on his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, saying that “besides my wife, Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made.”

“His intellect and his hard work and his commitment to principle will continue to contribute to the good of our nation,” Romney said.

Romney saved some of his kindest words for his wife, who he said “would have made a great first lady,” and his five sons, who campaigned for him to varying degrees.

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